No, we’re not cynical. About 5% of the time.
Peter was spot on. I’m a curious sort and wanted to read that release of liability form referenced above that allegedly would release an owner from liability and protect his/her investment. The kayaksnearme site is a d/b/a for a Texas LLC, created by Jeremy a/k/a Kayak Kid (as well as a Kickstart campaign).
The form is seven pages which includes gobbledygook about kayaks, skis, snowboards, bikes, passengers riding on handlebars, and an affirmation that “Renter understands that he or she should be in good physical health to participate in bicycling.” Say what?? It looks like it’s an amalgamation of online liability forms and needs to be cleaned up. In addition to the name of the “renter,” his/her address, phone number(s) and driver’s license number should be included on the signature page. Credit cards have limits and charges can be challenged.
Another troublesome statement in the event a rented kayak is damaged or destroyed: “The determination of whether damage impacts the usability or resale value of the Ride shall be made by KayaksNearMe in its sole discretion.” [Emphasis supplied]
Information as to the paddling background and level of expertise of the person making such a determination should be stated.
It was disingenuous to introduce the site under the auspices of looking for a place to rent a kayak for a future purchase, but I’ll wish him good luck anyway.
Being cynical is understandable, especially now a days. My post was not suppose to be disingenuous. I was trying to get real answers from strangers that know what they are talking about. I wanted to do some home work and usually when people find out your are the founder, they go easy on you. This isn’t my first online startup and I have learned a thing or two from the past. I really need the feedback and you guys did not disappoint. So if you want to really unleash on me now, go ahead I get it. Y’all are probably thinking “Some guy just came onto our forum acting like they were someone else and is really just taking and not contributing.” Well I am trying to contribute to our hobby/love of kayaking by building KayaksNearMe into the AirBnb of kayaks exclusively. No SUPs, No surfboards or Other water sports, just pure kayaks.
A little more about me; I am a novice kayaker. I have kayaked with my uncle in Arkansas (beautiful place), a few times in Texas and when on beach vacations. So my original comment was real, I am not sure where to go try out a kayak or rent one besides the obvious kayak/sup rentals on the lake that have cheap kayaks. I was interested in finding a fishing kayak to take out and see if it was something I really wanted to purchase in the future.
Where the idea came from: I like kayaking, but I am a novice so I am still trying to figure out what is the best type of setup for me. Also, while on vacation like most of y’all probably have experienced, I wanted to go out into the bay and fish from a kayak. But my only options were the crappy beach kayaks or charter fish. So I didn’t go fishing, which sucked. So I did what a lot of people do when they are looking for answers, I searched the internet like crazy and came up empty. So I started building the solution, kayaksnearme.com.
So I apologize for being disingenuous. I hope this post is received as what it is meant to be: an apology and explanation. I do appreciate the best wishes and good luck comments, they didn’t go unnoticed. Thanks for being real and giving true feedback.
Jeremy from Texas